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Camps offer variety of activities

The weather is getting warmer, the days are getting longer and it can only mean one thing: summer is on the way! If you're looking for a fun activity or summer camp for your kids this year, look no further. Below is a list of camps and activities in southwest Oklahoma that should be enough to keep any child occupied.

Lawton Family YMCA

The Lawton Family YMCA will host its summer day camp from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 29-Aug. 9. Cost is $100 for YMCA members and $135 for non-members. Prices are per week. The weeks of May 28 and July 2 are reduced prices.

Kids will participate in activities and games throughout the day.

There will be weekly field trips including trips to the city splash park, the Oklahoma City Zoo, the Science Museum, local move theaters, Castaway Cove, Urban Air and more.

The Lawton Family YMCA is an LPS feeding site and will serve breakfast and lunch through June. Children also may bring their own lunches.

Contact the welcome center for more information at 355-9622.

Medicine Park Aquarium & Natural Sciences Center

Aspiring scientists ages 8 to 14 are invited to attend the investigation-based aquarium summer camp from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 4-8. The camp will explore native Oklahoma wildlife and botany, behind-the-scenes aquarium animal care and other scientific endeavors.The camp fee is $130 and includes a t-shirt, backpack, water bottle, snacks and lunches. Space is limited. Contact Colleen at for more information.

Smart Start Playcare Summer Camp

Playcare School Age Summer Camp is for children who have completed pre-kindergarten to the age of 13. The camp is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and wrap around care is available at no extra cost. 

Breakfast, lunch and a snack are served free.

The theme for the camp is "Around the World." Children will be issued passports and will get them stamped in each country they visit. Mondays will be "cultural days," where a guest speaker from the country of the week will show pictures and describe life in their country. Campers will be treated to food items to sample that represent the country they are visiting. In addition to enrichment activities, kindergarten through fifth grade children will swim at the YMCA every week and pre-kindergarten graduates will experience wading pools.

Other field trips will be to Laugh Out Loud, Thunderbird Bowl, movies, museums, splash pad and more. The positive power of eating healthy and exercise will be discussed each week in July.

Prices are $85 week per child and $75 for each additional child if enrolled by May 15, $95 a week if enrolled after that date. DHS child care assistance is accepted. Contact the center near you: Smart Start No. 1 in Cache, 429-3718; Smart Start #2 in east Lawton, 355-3924; Smart Start #6 in west Lawton, 595-7063; Smart Start No. 4 in central Lawton, 248-3883; and Smart Start #5, 248-7788.

Cameron University Camps

Basketball Elite Camp

The camp is May 23 and June 20 in the Aggie Rec Center, 2800 W. Gore. For more information, contact Andrew Brown at or 748-0226.

Science Detectives Summer Academy: Crime Science Investigation

The free academy is set May 29-June 2 or June 4-8 (date to be confirmed) for students in grades eight through tenth, and is limited to 24 participants.

Student scientists will better understand the biology involved in forensic investigation. They will collect evidence from a mock crime scene and learn how to process fingerprints, analyze hair samples, perform ABO blood typing, and complete DNA analysis.

Skills taught in a state-of-the-art molecular laboratory during this week-long commuter camp will help students solve the mystery.

Teams will present findings at the conclusion of camp. Exposure to health careers during a hospital tour, and biomed exploration through Oklahoma Technology Centers enhance this opportunity.

Applications will be available at soon. 

For more information, contact the Office of Extended Learning, 581-2284 or via e-mail at

Boy's High School Basketball Team Camp

The camp is May 30-June 1 for high school teams, grades ninth through 12, with a three game guarantee. Games will be played in Aggie Gym and the Aggie Rec Center.

For more information, contact Andrew Brown at or 748-0226.

NanoExplorers: A High School Summer Science Academy

The camp is June 3-9 for students entering grades 10th, 11th or 12th. Registration deadline has passed. The camp is a 10-day residential academy, where students will live at Cameron for two weeks. It is free to Oklahoma residents, and registration is limited to 24 students.

The academy will introduce students to the concepts necessary to understand why very small systems exhibit unique behavior. Students will engage in hands-on activities in imaging and manipulating nanostructures, both "top down" and "bottom up" approaches to making nanostructures and devices based on nanotechnology. The activities will be designed to introduce the concept of nanotechnology and will include applications in both chemistry and physics, as well as information about career opportunities related to nanotechnology.

Hosted by the Cameron University Department of Chemistry, Physics and Engineering, the academy is supported through a grant from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

For registration information, call 581-2889 or 581-2246.

Softball Youth Summer Skills Camp

The camp is June 4-5. To register, contact Dennis Furr, head softball coach, at 704-1215 or via e-mail

Creative Expressions Summer Art Camp 2018

The camp is offered 8:30 a.m.-noon in four sessions at the Cameron University Art Building: Session I: June 4-7; June 11-14; Session II: June 18-21, June 25-28; Session III: July 2-3, 5, July 9-12; Session IV: July 16-19, July 23-26.

It is designed for age groups: ages 6, 7 and 8; ages 9 and10; and 11 and 12. Students may attend multiple sessions. The cost is $125 per session for the first child, with a 20 percent discount for each additional child.

Creative Expressions Summer Art Camp will help students explore their creative expression through visual art. Each session is unique, featuring a variety of creative opportunities. Participants will receive instruction in traditional art media such as painting, drawing, mixed media, printmaking and three-dimensional art, as well as computer classes. Refreshments and art supplies are provided.

Each child will design an art portfolio to collect artworks from each class throughout the session and digital artwork will be printed and recorded on a CD for each participant.

It is sponsored by the Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts and VSA Oklahoma. For more information, contact Edna McMillan at or 581-2452.

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